The take­down of the Amer­i­can su­per­power

Obama’s weak­en­ing of the na­tion is de­lib­er­ate

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mon­ica Crow­ley

It amazes me that more than 5½ years into Barack Obama’s pres­i­dency, other­wise-in­tel­li­gent people are still won­der­ing who he is, what he be­lieves and why he’s do­ing what he’s do­ing. It’s not a mys­tery. It’s never been a mys­tery. Al­though he made a some­what half-hearted at­tempt to dress up his left­ist ex­trem­ism when he first ran for pres­i­dent in 2008, his rad­i­cal­ism was ap­par­ent to any­one pay­ing the slight­est at­ten­tion.

When Mr. Obama spoke in 2008 of seek­ing the “fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion” of the na­tion, few made the con­nec­tion be­tween his far-left ac­tivist record and what he ac­tu­ally in­tended to do as pres­i­dent. We now have over 5 years of ev­i­dence as to what he meant by that “fun­da­men­tal trans­for­ma­tion.” The chaos and catas­tro­phe are the plan.

Take Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy. A big part of Mr. Obama’s mis­sion is to take Amer­ica down a notch or two (or 10) in­ter­na­tion­ally: to de­stroy our su­per­power sta­tus, to turn us into noth­ing spe­cial, just an­other na­tion on the United Na­tions ros­ter. One of the cores of left­ist ide­ol­ogy is that Amer­ica is the root of all evil in the world: the source of grave in­jus­tices, geno­cide, war crimes, theft. There­fore, we should pay a penance. That penance should come in the form of re­trench­ment abroad and apolo­gies all around. Amer­ica is sorry for how she acted in the past, and as a re­sult, will not act in the fu­ture. Mr. Obama is fun­da­men­tally un­com­fort­able with the use of U.S. mil­i­tary force, cer­tainly with ex­er­cis­ing it uni­lat­er­ally, and has both gut­ted its budget and made clear that he will not use it bar­ring an ex­cep­tional na­tional se­cu­rity emer­gency.

Our al­lies got the mes­sage and re­al­ized early on that they were on their own. Our en­e­mies fig­ured out that they could play this ad­min­is­tra­tion to great ef­fect. They’re al­ways get­ting re­warded with some sort of “ne­go­ti­a­tion” or “peace process” or sim­ple non­re­sponse from the United States af­ter com­mit­ting gross acts of ag­gres­sion or vi­o­lence.

The re­sults have been ter­ri­bly pre­dictable. Is­rael faces fresh Ha­mas ter­ror­ist ag­gres­sion. Iran works 24/7 to­ward ac­quir­ing a nu­clear weapon. Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad gets sworn in for an­other seven years as his regime continues to slaugh­ter hun­dreds of thou­sands of people. A mas­sive ji­hadi army claims a new caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, wip­ing out years of Amer­i­can sac­ri­fice in a mat­ter of weeks. Egypt is a chaotic mess. Rus­sia moves to nail the for­mer Soviet Union — or at least Mother Rus­sia — back to­gether while work­ing hand-in-glove with Iran in Iraq, North Korea and Latin Amer­ica. Poland has its promised mis­sile-de­fense sys­tem yanked away. Ukraine con­fronts the Rus­sian bear on its bor­der. Crimea gets an­nexed by Moscow. South Korea bears the brunt of ever more provoca­tive ac­tion from North Korea, as North Korean ships probe our western seaboard. Ja­pan seeks greater lat­i­tude in ex­pand­ing its mil­i­tary. Is­lamists con­trol Libya, where in the aftermath of the U.S.-led over­throw of Moam­mar Gad­hafi, they planned, co­or­di­nated and car­ried out a bru­tally ef­fi­cient at­tack that killed our am­bas­sador and three other brave Amer­i­cans. China owns ever more of our debt and is be­com­ing more ag­gres­sive in the Pa­cific. Our south­ern bor­der is over­run by il­le­gal im­mi­grants, drug car­tels and pos­si­bly ter­ror­ist cells, while Mex­ico continues to de­tain a U.S. Ma­rine.

Not ex­actly the “tran­quil­ity of the global com­mu­nity” about which White House press sec­re­tary Josh Earnest waxed rhap­sodic ear­lier this week. As if there is a “global com­mu­nity.” That only ex­ists in the per­verse and delu­sional minds of the ex­treme left.

This is all a di­rect re­sult of an Amer­i­can com­man­der in chief who not only will not act in the face of di­rect threats to our and our al­lies’ se­cu­rity, but de­lib­er­ately or­ches­trates or ig­nores the chaos in or­der to ful­fill the broader left­ist agenda of slash­ing our power and our po­si­tion in the world.

The last time we faced such a dire in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion was when Pres­i­dent Carter drove our power and pres­tige into the ground. It took Ron­ald Rea­gan years to re­store them. It’s go­ing to take equally strong, un­apolo­getic lead­er­ship to bring us back once again. This time, how­ever, it will be an even more dif­fi­cult job, be­cause un­like Mr. Carter, Mr. Obama has wrecked the U.S. su­per­power on pur­pose. And he has two terms to fin­ish the job. Mon­ica Crow­ley is on­line opin­ion edi­tor at The Wash­ing­ton Times.


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